Celebrating Smarter During Fireworks Eye Safety Month

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 by

If you live in a state where fireworks are legal, then it may be tempting to use some for your next backyard barbecue or upcoming July 4th celebrations. However, unless you are a professional, fireworks should be considered dangerous and best left to said professionals.

According to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 8,000 firework-related injuries were treated in US hospitals in the 2015 alone. Of those, approximately 16% of the injuries involved the eye or eyes. Injuries included burns, corneal abrasions, foreign object impalement, and irritation from smoke, ashes, and other chemicals. Sadly, these injuries are largely preventable if follow our tips on improving fireworks eye safety.


Never allow your children, yourself, or anyone in your family to play with fireworks.Please, for the safety of you and everyone around you, leave these to the pyrotechnic professionals. Remember, fireworks are not  Always supervise your children around sparklers.That same research from the Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2015 revealed that over 2,700 injuries occurred due to sparklers and bottle rockets. To ensure you and your children’s safety, only hold one lit sparkler at the time, and be sure to keep it at an arm’s distance away from the face. Avoid …


Using UWF to Determine if the Ebola Virus Affects the Retina

Posted on Jun 07, 2017 by

Only two short years ago, the Ebola outbreak occurred in West Africa. Today, survivors are presenting with symptoms of post-Ebola Syndrome (PES) which include joint and muscle pain, and psychiatric, neurological, and eye problems1. Researchers from the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Translational Medicine have recently conducted a study of these survivors to determine what effects Ebola had on the retina.

The ocular research team was led by Paul Steptoe, MD and the research group compared the eye exams of 82 survivors who had previously reported ocular symptoms and a control group of 105 unaffected individuals. The Daytona from Optos was used to conduct the non-mydriatic ultra-widefield retinal imaging portion of the study. The results of this research which has been published in the Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, shows that approximately 15% of Ebola survivors examined do have a retinal scar which appears specific to the disease2. According to researchers this is a reasonable conclusion based on the fact that the control group did not present with similar lesions and only demonstrated the common retinal issues that are present in a population prior to Ebola exposure.


Key Facts and Findings:

82 Ebola virus survivors (161 eyes, 2 missing retinal …


June is Cataract Awareness Month – Learn the Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Posted on Jun 05, 2017 by

This June is Cataract Awareness Month, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology along with several other eye and vision care organizations want to stress the importance of early screening, early detection, and appropriate treatment of cataracts in order to preserve eyesight for anyone dealing with this condition.

What is a Cataract? Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, & Treatment

More than 24 million Americans aged 40 or older are currently living with cataracts. Cataracts are actually the number-one cause of vision loss and blindness worldwide. But for something so commonplace, very few people know how they can reduce their risk of developing cataracts.


The human eye is made up of many different parts, one of the parts in the front of the eye is the eye lens. The eye lens is a clear structure found directly behind the pupil; it helps refocus light entering the eye. A cataract causes a person’s lens to become cloudy and opaque, typically due to changes in the lens’ protein structure. This effectively disrupts the way light normally enters the eye, which will affect your vision.


Why does this happen? According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, there are a few known causes and risk factors, including:

Family …